So what’s the story with New Story Farm?
Well, it’s a farm whose caretakers are working to enact just that…a new story! We believe that virtually all of the problems that come with civilisation stem from people believing the predominant cultural story which says we are “above” or “separate” from nature.
This story that is omnipresent in our culture tells us that the natural laws of nature are not applicable to us. A “story” is a scenario interrelating man, the world, and the gods.”To enact” is to live so as to make a story a reality. “Culture” is a people enacting a story.
If you believe that the world belongs to man, you will see all other life as a resource. If you believe that man belongs to the world, you see all other life as partners.
On our farm, we are surrounded by annual agriculture and although we grew up eating from this system and have gratitude for that, we also see that annual agriculture is intrinsically unsustainable. Even at its best, it is extractive and erosive, leading in time to desertification.
We want to enact a new story that puts humans back in partnership with all other creation and are working hard at recreating perennial systems that will not only allow us to feed ourselves and our human community, but our broader community of beings is benefitting as well by biomass and more diversity.
Starting in 2015, we are going to be hosting workshops on things such as whole farm water design, composting toilets and greywater systems, perennial foraging, medicinal herbs and tinctures, fermenting and preserving, smoking and preserving meats, how to kill and butcher your own animals, etc.
We realise what the world needs right now is not another farm selling food to people, we need to teach people to produce their own food in an honest and sustainable way. If you’re of the belief that the current trajectory of human civilization could be better, come join us in co-creating a better way of living in this world.
We feel that food is so grossly undervalued in the American culture that it is often insulting to the grower to sell it. Our aim is fair energy exchange and many times that is not with currency. Our main goal is to sustain ourselves and our immediate community while facilitating a habitat that promotes diversity in the natural community around us. Our surplus will be “banked” in the soil and the life in and above it.
So if you are interested in re-connection, re-discovery, re-thinking, re-skilling, restoration, regeneration, responsibility, re-building and resilience- then come on out to the farm and help grow this community with us.